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Lancashire soldiers face fresh Iraqi death probe
SOLDIERS from Lancashire could face fresh action over the death of a former hotel receptionist, according to government investigators.
New leads are said to have emerged over the killing of Baha Mousa while he was in the custody of the former Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in Basra in September 2003.
The Iraq Historic Allegations Team have unearthed new evidence surrounding his death at the Darul Dhyafa military base and officials say they want to speak to a number of soldiers.
Corporal Donald Payne, of the QLR’s 1st Battalion, was the only serviceman convicted in relation to the death, serving 12 months in custody for inhumanely treating civilians at the base.
Mr Mousa suffered no fewer than 93 separate injuries, a public inquiry was later told, including fractured ribs and a broken nose. Later a court martial of seven QLR soldiers, including former commanding officer Col Jorge Mendonca, exonerated everyone except Payne.
Earlier this year Dr Derek Kellioh, an Army medic at the camp who returned to general practice after the conflict, was struck off for failing to report his medical concerns over the treatment of prisoners within the camp.
Investigators from IHAT are probing claims of abuse by Iraqi civilians by UK forces.
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